Articles | Volume 8, issue 23
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 8, 7153–7164, 2008

Special issue: MILAGRO/INTEX-B 2006

Atmos. Chem. Phys., 8, 7153–7164, 2008

  09 Dec 2008

09 Dec 2008

Characteristics of the NO-NO2-O3 system in different chemical regimes during the MIRAGE-Mex field campaign

Z.-H. Shon1, S. Madronich2, S.-K. Song3, F. M. Flocke2, D. J. Knapp2, R. S. Anderson2, R. E. Shetter2, C. A. Cantrell2, S. R. Hall2, and X. Tie2 Z.-H. Shon et al.
  • 1Department of Environmental Engineering, Dong-Eui University, 995 Eomgwangno, Busan 614-714, Republic of Korea
  • 2Atmospheric Chemistry Division, National Center for Atmospheric Research, P.O. Box 3000 Boulder, CO 80307, USA
  • 3Devision of Earth Environmental System, Pusan National University, 30 Jang Jeon Dong, Geum Jeong Gu, Busan 609-735, Republic of Korea

Abstract. The NO-NO2 system was analyzed in different chemical regimes/air masses based on observations of reactive nitrogen species and peroxy radicals made during the intensive field campaign MIRAGE-Mex (4 to 29 March 2006). The air masses were categorized into 5 groups based on combinations of macroscopic observations, geographical location, meteorological parameters, models, and observations of trace gases: boundary layer (labeled as "BL"), biomass burning ("BB"), free troposphere (continental, "FTCO" and marine, "FTMA"), and Tula industrial complex ("TIC"). In general, NO2/NO ratios in different air masses are near photostationary state. Analysis of this ratio can be useful for testing current understanding of tropospheric chemistry. The ozone production efficiency (OPE) for the 5 air mass categories ranged from 4.5 (TIC) to 8.5 (FTMA), consistent with photochemical aging of air masses exiting the Mexico City Metropolitan Area.

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